China: Deplorable life sentence for Uighur academic

23 September 2014

The life sentence handed down by a Chinese court to prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti on charges of “separatism” is an affront to justice.

China’s booming torture trade revealed

23 September 2014

The flourishing manufacture and export of tools of torture by Chinese companies is fuelling human rights violations across Africa and Asia, new research by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation reveals. 

Turkey: Closing border crossings with Syria will put lives in jeopardy

22 September 2014

Turkey began to close some of its border crossings with Syria after 130,000 Kurdish refugees poured into the country in recent days fleeing the advance of the armed group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS).

Guatemala stokes conflict around mining by failing to consult communities

19 September 2014

The Guatemalan government is fuelling the fires of conflict by failing to consult local communities before awarding mining licences to companies.

Thailand: Release activist imprisoned for allegedly insulting the monarchy

19 September 2014

A Thai court’s decision to uphold a 10-year prison sentence given to an editor and social activist for allegedly insulting the royal family continues the relentless erosion of free speech in the country.

Egypt: Critically ill hunger-striker denied crucial medical care

19 September 2014

The Egyptian authorities are putting at risk the life of a jailed activist, whose health has sharply deteriorated after more than 230 days on hunger strike, by denying him sustained medical care and placing him in solitary confinement.

Ireland’s new abortion guidelines endanger the lives and rights of women and girls

19 September 2014

Ireland’s latest guidelines on abortion are mere window-dressing that will confuse health professionals and endanger women’s lives and rights.

Ireland’s new abortion guidelines endanger the lives and rights of women and girls

19 September 2014

Ireland’s latest guidelines on abortion are mere window-dressing that will confuse health professionals and endanger women’s lives and rights.

Nigeria’s torture chambers exposed in new report

18 September 2014

Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture women, men, and children – some as young as 12 – using a wide range of methods including beatings, shootings and rape

Qatar: New cybercrimes law endangers freedom of expression

18 September 2014

A controversial new cybercrimes law that criminalizes the spreading of “false news” on the internet poses a serious threat to freedom of expression in Qatar.

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